The world is fast paced and with savvy computerization of many tasks that were once loathsome and slow. There are numerous conveniences available to us today which have over time served to shorten our attention span and heightened our expectations of resolving situations in quick fashion. Most of us are not good at facing any circumstances where delays are common and highly inconvenient to our fast paced lifestyle.
There are delays at the airport due to concerns of circumstances involving the weather and customer safety which are out of our control. Delays are often faced in physician’s waiting rooms or other health care facility while others ahead of us are receiving the quality of care we expect when our turn comes. There are delays in being served our food in busy restaurants. This dilemma often leaves hungry and irritable customers who act indifferent towards the waitress who cannot hurry the order along in a slow-moving kitchen. Life is full of “waiting room” opportunities.
When we do not receive answers quickly enough to our prayers we often give up going to God and quit praying. We even resort to indirectly accusing God of failing to act on our behalf in the situation at hand. Delays in answering prayer are not necessarily denials from the hand of God. God often tests our faith and strengthens us in waiting times. He leads us along the narrow path and into the “waiting rooms of life” as necessary for our spiritual growth. If we desire answers and blessings from God, we have to persevere in pursuing after them, according to God’s will while listening closely for His response. God does not choose to liberally hand out answers or special blessings to those who seek after Him expecting answered prayers but asking halfheartedly or with the wrong spiritual attitude.
Parents often use the same manner of tabling a child’s request until they know whether this child is truly sincere in his appeal and desire. This waiting period often helps to determine how important the request it is and how hard the child is willing to pursue it.
Yes, there are times when God answers our prayers immediately. He can even send the answer to our needs before we ask. Often we must learn the discipline of patience in the “waiting Rooms of life.” In all situations the Bible instructs us to continue on in prayer:
The Bible also tells us to keep the power surging in our prayer life by keeping plugged into the real power source:
God often sets the answers to our prayers directly before us. Sometimes the answer we receive from God is not the answer we want or expect to hear from Him. This happened with Paul and removal of his thorn in the flesh, and Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. Paul and Jesus both immediately chose to continue in their suffering willingly remaining in the will of God eternally focused on Him, not upon their immediate suffering surrounding them.
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Are you in God’s “waiting room” today? He does answer prayer to those who wait patiently for Him. Trust in God’s answers He always has your best interests at heart even when the answer seems insurmountable in your own eyes.